Claranet argues lack of understanding remains between business and IT

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It’s a well-worn theme, yet raises its head again; new research from Claranet and Vanson Bourne argues that European businesses are suffering from a lack of understanding between the IT department and the rest of the organisation.

Just over a quarter (26%) of the 900 IT leaders polled – based in Benelux, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the UK – said they believe the wider business has total understanding of the role of the IT department. A similar number...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Research.

On a wing and a prayer: How to really make your DevOps practices soar

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All too often, the restrictions of engineering seem to us like the laws of physics. Think back to when horse-drawn carriages were the best available mode of transportation. Drivers could only get to their destinations so quickly, given the needs of the horses, the wheels of the carriages themselves, and the quality of the roads. A trip from one city to another could take several days. At the time, that didn’t seem like an opportunity for revolutionary...

By Adam Bowen, 19 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps.

European cloud demand forces data centre uptick – but Brexit remains a worry

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Demand for European data centre space continues to rise due to greater need for cloud services – but the Brexit vote could yet send UK plans off-kilter, according to the latest note from consulting firm BroadGroup.

The analysis, which appears in the firm’s latest Colocation Market Quarterly (CMQ), argues there is ‘strong’ demand for real estate in primary European locations, arguing Paris has performed ‘particularly strongly.’ The company argues...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption

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According to the Cloud Industry Forum, 80% of UK companies are adopting cloud technology as a key part of their overall IT and business strategy. However, one of the perceived barriers to cloud adoption continues to be concerns around security and compliance, which was the key topic of discussion at a recent techUK panel in which iland took part. During this discussion, we talked about the fact that nine out of ten security professionals worry about cloud security.

One of the key aspects that...

By Monica Brink, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

How hybrid cloud will enable streams of data to flow freely

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The world of business is changing. Disruptive shifts in power are forcing everyone to question the established status quo. In particular, savvy chief executives are tasking IT organizations to help create compelling customer experiences, support new business models and adopt agile operational processes.

That's why the vast majority of IT and business leaders are joining forces on the organizations’ most pressing commercial needs and wants. They seek an open and flexible...

By David H Deans, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How the humble database can help prevent insurance fraud

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Fraud is a challenge businesses struggle to find remedy for. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently stated that last year saw nearly six million fraud and cyber crimes take place in 2015, in the UK. What is more, these crimes impact everyone in some way. Take insurance fraud for instance; personal premiums may rise as insurance providers seek to recover the money lost. Ultimately, this is a problem which needs tackling from the ground up.

In 2014, insurers...

By Vinay Joosery, 12 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Examining a new approach to data centre security

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Changing with the times is frequently overlooked when it comes to data security. Technology is becoming increasingly dynamic, but most data centres are still using archaic security measures to protect their network – which isn’t going to stand a chance against today’s sophisticated attacks.

Recent efforts to upgrade these massive security systems are still falling short. Data centres house a huge amount of data and there shouldn’t be any shortcuts when...

By Yoav Shay Daniely, 11 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security.

Microsoft research aims to better utilise encrypted cloud data without privacy fears

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In some instances, encryption is a double-edged sword: if data is encrypted in the cloud, it’s secure, but you can’t get access to it. Yet a new research paper presented by Microsoft may be the first step to changing it.

The paper examines the concept of secure data exchange (SDE), where the aim, as a blog post from Microsoft Research writer John Roach puts it, is to...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy, Security.

Can data transparency be the future of outsourcing?

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The benefits of storing data in the cloud are clear. However, as businesses are beginning to closely examine what having data in the cloud entails, they’re discovering that their relationships with cloud vendors are sometimes, well, cloudy.

In a 2015 Forrester Consulting survey, more than 60% of businesses said issues with transparency were stalling further expansion into the cloud. These organisations...

By Matt Kingswood, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Vendors.